Area Programs Director

  • Senior-level, Full-time staff position
  • Posted on 10 February 2020
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Job Description

Starting date: March, 2020
Contract duration: 12 months
Country Program: Syrian Response
Base: Erbil, Iraq with potential relocation to Syria

About the mission:

PIN has been working in Northern Syria since 2012, providing emergency relief and early recovery support to conflict-affected communities and IDPs. PIN’s contribution to the overall Syria humanitarian response is amongst the largest, with an annual turnover of over $35 million. The major donors are: ECHO, OFDA, FFP, SDC and DFID. The position is initially based in Erbil with visits to the office in Syria.

General position summary:

Under the supervision of the Area Director, the Area Programs Director will supervise and provide leadership for expanding, multi-sector program team. The Area Programs Director is responsible for ensuring high quality implementation of a wide range of programing across emergency to early recovery contexts:

  • Food Security program (food vouchers, multipurpose cash assistance, cash for work);
  • Livelihoods program (technical and vocational education and trainings, market recovery);
  • Child Protection program (Child Friendly Spaces in informal camps);
  • WASH program (rehabilitation of water infrastructure, hygiene promotion);
  • Shelter program (rehabilitation of private shelters and health facilities, distribution of shelter & NFI materials)

The Area Programs Director reports to the Area Director. He/she has delegated management responsibility for Livelihoods Program Manager, Food security Program Manager, WASH program manager, Shelter Program Manager, Protection and Education Program Manager and Emergency/Shelter NFI Program Manager.

Main Duties and Responsibilities:
  • Supervise and coordinate all implemented programs at field level;
  • Ensure all programs are designed and managed in line with quality standards and guidelines and PIN policies and strategy;
  • Line manage and support 6 Program Managers;
  • Facilitate the coordination within the organisation at programs and support levels;
  • Share responsibilities with Area Director for representation and discussions with key partners, coordination fora, local authorities etc.
  • Promote synergies and ensure the overall coherence and relevance of multi-sectoral response;
  • Ensure that all programs properly retain program learning for future programming and that all key lessons and information are documented;
  • Ensure with the program managers that the capacity of national staff and team resilience, to changing context and subsequent changes in management arrangements, is built;
Suitable candidates for this position should possess:
  • At least 4 years of management experience of emergency projects in difficult and challenging environments including protracted conflicts.
  • Experience with managing multisector projects as program manager in at least two of the following sectors: Food security and Livelihoods, WASH, Shelter, Child protection and Education;
  • Proven experience with management and supervision of large teams and budgets in challenging and insecure environments, and interest in building the capacity of teams;
  • Excellent communication skills, including fluent spoken and written English;
  • Strong grasp of all stages of program cycle management and quality standards in humanitarian programming, including safeguarding and accountability mechanisms;
  • Strong organizational, critical analysis and problem solving skills;
  • Previous experience with managing large teams and budgets;
  • Previous working experience from Middle East, particularly the Syrian crisis is advantage;
Living Conditions / Environmental Conditions
  • This position is an unaccompanied position. The position is based in Erbil with week-long visits to Syria on a monthly basis.
  • Erbil accommodation is in a PIN Guesthouse with individual guestrooms and shared bathroom, living room and kitchen. All sites have internet.
  • General security situation in Erbil is generally good and there is potential for a good social life with many restaurants, bars and gyms and a large expat community. Internet is available in all PIN’s offices and guesthouses. There are a number of health services available with medevac mechanism for INGO’s members. There is reasonable access to most of the consumer goods.
  • Team members are expected to conduct themselves in a professional manner and respect local laws, customs and PIN’s policies, procedures, and values at all times and in all in-country venues.
People in Need offers:
  • Salary as per PIN salary scale (per diems included): 3.300 – 3.500 EUR, depending on the seniority grade
  • Opportunities for learning, trainings and capacity development;
  • 25 days of paid leave annually;
  • Reimbursement of travel expenses with travel to the country of residence once per every 6 months of completed work, plus R&R benefits according to PIN’s policy;
  • Reimbursement of costs of visas and vaccinations; assistance with visa application procedure;
  • Free medical helpdesk and psychological consultation available on line;
  • Travel health insurance.
  • Housing in PIN guesthouse covered by PIN;
How to Apply:

Are you interested in this position? Send us your CV and short cover letter. Please note only the shortlisted candidates will be contacted. Interviews will be conducted on rolling basis and the vacancy will be closed when filled.

People in Need staff are expected to perform job duties and responsibilities in accordance with People in Need Code of conduct and key policies (available at: www.peopleinneed.cz/policies).

About the Organization

The People in Need organization was established in 1992 by a group of Czech war correspondents who were no longer satisfied with merely relaying information about ongoing conflicts and began sending out aid. It gradually became established as a professional humanitarian organization striving to provide aid in troubled regions and support adherence to human rights around the world.

Throughout the 25 years of its existence, People in Need has become one of the biggest non-profit organizations in Central Europe. In addition to humanitarian aid and human rights, it now also targets education and helps people living in social exclusion.

We are part of Alliance2015, a strategic network of seven European non-governmental organizations engaged in humanitarian aid and development projects. This collaboration increases effectivity both in working in the target countries and in campaigns aimed at influencing the attitudes of politicians and the general public in Europe.

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